Better Care Network highlights recent news pieces related to the issue of children's care around the world. These pieces include newspaper articles, interviews, audio or video clips, campaign launches, and more.
The Social and Health Management software (SOHEMA) Child Case Management System (CCMS), a new software system in Jamaica, will allow child protection officers to upload and track cases of children in the child protection system.
Despite good intentions, volunteers and donors from Australia and the larger international community are supporting orphanages separating children from their families. Australia is seeking to curb support for orphanages in countries like Cambodia, where the trafficking of children into orphanages is a common practice.
Children aging out of institutional care in India often have no legal identity and face many obstacles to survive on their own. These youth are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking, recruitment into the sex trade, getting involved in crime, or developing addictions.
Lindsay Murdoch - Sydney Morning Herald16 Aug 2017
A parliamentary committee sitting in Canberra is considering adding a world-first clause in a Modern Slavery Act aiming to cut the supply of Australian money to foreign child care institutions and redirect it to help reintegrate children into their home communities; the clause would also make it a criminal offense for Australians to visit foreign orphanages.
"Boot camps" for youth with internet and gaming addictions have become increasingly popular in China and are criticized for their military-style discipline and harsh practices. The recent death of a Chinese teenager just two days after entering one such instution has sparked an outrage over the use of these institutions and their practices.
Amendements to the 2015 Australian Border Force Act, which previously threatened immigration detention centre workers with two years in prison if they spoke out about neglect or abuse, have been introduced.